Kingston’s Best Date Ideas

Find out where you can get the cutest couple photo of all time! Our brand ambassador Alia looked around Kingston for some unique-and-adorable date ideas — here’s her list. Steal these (or share them with a friend!)

Planning a special evening out can be tough – especially when you’re on a student’s budget, aka broke! That’s why our Assistant Director Alia Brown put together this updated list of unique date ideas in Kingston, Ontario on a budget!

  1. Fondue Date
  2. Outdoor Skating in the Square
  3. Go for the Popcorn, stay for the Movie
  4. Practice ‘Mindfulness’ together
  5. Take your date to the Theatre
  6. Fall in love at an art gallery
  7. Beat the competition at Trivia Night!

1. Fondue Date

Cacao 70 (340 King St E) has a warm and inviting atmosphere, and is one of the best kept secrets of downtown. Located right beside Jack Astor’s near the Springer Market Square skating rink, Cacao 70 is known best for their chocolate fondue pots and rich hot chocolate, but you can also order these swoon-worthy Churro Donuts!

Bonus: Monday to Friday, get 50% off a cup of rich and creamy hot cocoa when you order a dish worth $12 or more.

2. Outdoor Skating in the Square!

It goes without saying, but skating in the square is a classic Kingston date idea. On weekends, you can rent skates from City Hall.

Pro Tip: Skate first. If your date isn’t going well, it will be easier to leave after skating (I’m cold! My feet hurt!) than if you start with drinks.

3. Go for the popcorn, stay for the movie!

The Screening Room (120 Princess St) is a locally owned and operated independent movie theatre that showcases contemporary, foreign, and art films. The popcorn is super tasty and best of all, it’s a LICENSED venue (meaning they serve beer & wine)! See the full week’s schedule here.

4. Practice ‘Mindfulness’ Meditation together

It can be tough to find stress-free moments alone with your partner when you’re both drowning in schoolwork. Listening to these free mindfulness lessons together is a thoughtful way of coping with difficulties and improving the quality of your day-to-day life – especially if you’re both too busy to go out on Valentine’s Day itself. If your partner is up for it, you could even try a yoga class together!

Bonus: You can join the Queen’s Yoga Club at any time this semester.

5. Take your date to the Theatre!

Add some culture to your date night by attending a local play or musical!

Take a look at current shows here!

6. Fall in love at an Art Gallery!

With free admission, visiting the Agnes Etherington Art Centre is a romantic AND affordable way to spend Valentine’s Day — plus, the galleries are always open late on Thursdays, 10am to 9pm! Located on University Ave. across from Grant Hall, the Agnes holds over 17,000 works of art, with major concentrations of contemporary art, Canadian historical art, Baroque-era paintings of the Dutch Golden Age, and African art. This is a date that they’ll never forget!

Learn about the Agnes’ collections, special exhibitions and current events!

Bonus: Relax, re-charge and expand your creative powers during Art Hive every Thursday from 4pm-6pm in the Agnes. This is a free art therapy event for young adults ages 18-24, where materials are provided and no prior art experience is necessary!

7. Beat the competition at Trivia Night (19+)

Test your obscure pop culture knowledge at The Alibi at 8:45pm every Wednesday or at The Grad Club at 9pm every Thursday! This is a fantastic group date idea (up to 6 people)! You can reserve a table for The Alibi or drop in to see if there are seats available.

QE Guide to Kingston FebFest 2019!

A flurry of fantastic winter fun – and this year, it’s a WHOLE MONTH LONG! Each weekend will feature one of the larger signature events that you’ve come to expect and love from Feb Fest in the past …plus lots of new and exciting additions!

FEB FEST FEATURES A FLURRY OF FANTASTIC WINTER FUN!

Enjoy all that FebFest has to offer – public skating, horse-drawn wagon rides, fire pits, Beavertails, comfy chairs and more!

All month long!

Skating is free at Springer Market Square. Public restrooms, a warming/change area and small lockers for personal items and shoes *(bring your own lock) are available in the lower level of City Hall. An accessibility ramp is available at the North entrance off Brock Street.

Skate Rentals

The City of Kingston operates a skate rental service at Springer Market Square, open on select dates and times. Cash only. Tax included. Exact change is appreciated. Sizes available: Children’s size 10 to men’s size 12 in hockey and figure skates are available

  • Children (12 and under) – $2.50
  • Youth (13 to 24) and Seniors (65+) – $3.75
  • Adults (18+) – $4.75
  • Group rate (maximum of 5) – $10.00

City Hall Skate rental hours:

  • Thursday, Feb. 14 open 6pm-10pm
  • Friday, Feb. 15 open 7:30pm-10pm
  • Saturday, Feb. 16 open 7:30pm-10pm
  • Sunday, Feb. 17 open 9:30am-1pm
  • Monday, Feb. 18 open 11am-2pm
  • — Friday, Feb. 22 open 5:30pm-9pm
  • Saturday, Feb. 23 open 5:30pm-9pm
  • Sunday, Feb. 24 open 9:30am-1pm

You can also rent skates, snowshoes or cross-country skis from local outdoors store Trailhead, located at 262 Princess Street (near the Grand Theatre). Tel: 613-546-4757 | E-Mail:info@trailheadkingston.ca

  • Skate Rentals: $10 (3 hours) or $12 (overnight/up to 24 hours)
  • Snowshoe Rentals: $15/Day or $30/Weekend
  • Credit cards are required for all rentals.
  • Open M-W: 9:30am to 6pm, T-F: 9:30am to 7pm
    Saturday: 9:30am to 6pm
    Sunday: 11:00pm to 5pm

FebFest Activities Calendar

Weekend 4 (Februay 21 – 28) will feature other winter activities such as ringette, and back again this year is a full month of Toast to Tapas – get your passport at the beginning of the month at participating restaurants and enjoy local tapas and local beverages all month long!

Saturday, Feb. 23

10am – 9pm
BEAVERTAILS @ Springer Market Square
11am – 2pmFREE Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
Take a wagon ride through Downtown!  Drop off and pick up in front of Bank of Montreal (beside Springer Market Square).
3pm – 6pmToast to Tapas: BACON theme
Tapas (small plates) available at Aqua TerraChez PiggyDianne’s Fish Shack & Smokehouse and The Grizzly Grill. Get your passport at a participating restaurant and enjoy!
6pm – 10pmDJ Skate Night: Let your skates be your dancing shoes with a Live DJ rinkside!
Springer Market Square

Sunday, Feb. 24

10am – 11amLearn to Skate
Never learned to skate? New Canadian? Come learn the basics of how to stay upright on the ice by friendly instructors! Must be 16 years+, first come first served
Springer Market Square
10am -3pm
BEAVERTAILS @ Springer Market Square *last chance*
1pm – 2:30pmFREE Try Ringette!
Come out and try ringette – the fastest game on ice.  This event is open to all ages! There will be a 30-minute demonstration starting at 1pm, and participants can practice from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. Kingston Ringette Association will provide the sticks and rings! Register in advance here!
Springer Market Square
3pm – 6pmToast to Tapas: BACON theme
Tapas (small plates) available at Aqua TerraChez PiggyDianne’s Fish Shack & Smokehouse and The Grizzly Grill. Get your passport at a participating restaurant and enjoy!

Tuesday, Feb. 26

3pm – 6pmToast to Tapas: BACON theme
Tapas (small plates) available at Aqua TerraChez PiggyDianne’s Fish Shack & Smokehouse and The Grizzly Grill. Get your passport at a participating restaurant and enjoy!
6pm – 9pmTuesday Theme Skates 
Dress as your favourite Fictional Character!
Springer Market Square

Thursday, Feb. 28

All DayPublic skating @ Springer Market Square
3pm – 6pmToast to Tapas: BACON theme
Tapas (small plates) available at Aqua TerraChez PiggyDianne’s Fish Shack & Smokehouse and The Grizzly Grill. Get your passport at a participating restaurant and enjoy!
7pmVogue Charity Fashion Show
The Grand Theatre
Tickets on sale now

Click here for more information about FebFest!

Looking for more events in Kingston? Check out the QE Calendar on our homepage – QueensEvents.ca!

Reelout20 Queer Film Festival Line-up: Jan. 31-Feb. 14, 2019

Reelout is BACK for its 20th anniversary festival, showcasing the best & brightest LGBT cinema from Canada & around the world! 

Highlights

  • Nightly from Thursday, January 31 to Thursday, February 14. Two weeks of non-stop entertainment!
  • 116 films from 14 different countries;
  • animation workshop with San Francisco-based artist Clyde Petersen;
  • a burlesque cabaret called A Briefs History of Time by BoylesqueTO; 
  • Coats of Her dance piece by choreographer Kay Kenney and Movement Market Collective;
  • musical performances by Jenica Rayne & Lynne Hansonand Full Circle;
  • an aerial acrobatics performance by circus artist Erin Ball; 
  • talkbacks with filmmakers including Thom Fitzgerald, Dayna McLeod, Jason Karman, Justin Ducharme and many more!

Click here for details!

Venues

  • All film screenings are at The Screening Room (120 Princess St.) unless otherwise noted.
  • Opening Gala is at The REEL at HARS (844a Princess Street)
  • Drag Queen Karaoke Party is at Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre (inside the Tett Centre, 370 King St W)
  • Closing Gala is in Monte’s lounge at the Tir Nan ‘Og (200 Ontario St.).

Festival Line-up

Friday, Feb. 1

7pm-11pmREELOUT / RBC OPENING GALA – tickets: $20. All Ages.

7pm-9pm “Queer Stories, Queer Histories” Short Films Lineup:
Kingston is Burning – “In the 90s, Kingston’s gay community experienced an unlikely boom in drag culture.” [James Fowler/22min/1995/Canada.]
Miss Tyffanie Extreme Close-Up – “An intimate portrait of Kingston’s most popular drag queen.” [Sandra Jass, Jessica Lindal, Matt Maclellan/ 17min/2008/Canada.]
Tiny House – “Based on the true story of Lee Taylor, this film provides insight into living with MS and it examines how a person’s outlook on life can impact their circumstances.” [Josh Clapp & Isaac Alfie/18min/2018/Canada].
Farm Sum Ontario – “Explores the decisions, achievements and trade-offs of a couple making the unlikely decision to farm as they search for a sustainable way of life.” [Jonathan Davies/16min/2018/Canada.]

9pm-11pm – Aerial Circus Performance – feat. circus artist Erin Ball, with musical guests Jenica Rayne & Lynne Hanson and FullCircle.
*at Tett Centre, Malting Tower.

Saturday, Feb. 2

11am20/20 Visionaries JASON KARMAN – Vancouver-based screenwriter and director whose 16 short films have screened internationally, Karman has chosen 20 minutes of his work to screen followed by a 20 min. moderated discussion and questions from the audience.
12pm20/20 Visionaries DAYNA MCLEOD – Montréal performance-based artist uses humour, cabaret, duration, single channel video, and installation practices, Dayna Mcleod’s research includes sexual identity construction, gender, feminism, anti-feminist backlash, homophobia, and media representations of sexuality, queer identity, and the female body as public property. Feat. 20 minutes of her work + a 20 min. moderated discussion.
2pmINDIGI-QUEER SHORTS FROM TURTLE ISLAND & AOTEAROA – Short films screening and a conversation with filmmaker Justin Ducharme.
4pmOCTAVIO IS DEAD! – “A sexy and thoughtful queer film that appeals to women and men and to those who like their gender bent. Tyler (Alias Grace’s mesmerizing Sarah Gadon) is unsettled after learning that her father has died and left her everything, including an apartment cluttered with the detritus of a complicated life.” [Sook-Yin Lee / 90min / 2018 / Canada /Mystery/Thriller/Narrative Feature]
7pmAISLES OF LESBOS (1999-2018)A collection of short films celebrating 20 years of female sexuality and relationships in all their glory and mediocrity. 18+

Short Films Line-up:

The Housesitter – “Two neurotic dykes describe in hilarious detail how to take care of their 3 cats.” [Melissa Levin/2001/15 min/CANADA]
bed – “Stunning black-and-white images of two women making love are juxtaposed with dreamy scenes of city life, illuminating the contrast between public and private life that many women, lesbian in particular, share.” [Evie Leder/1999/14min/USA]
After Morning – “Things the filmmaker learned about birth control on her trip to America.” [Kelly O’Brien/1999/5 min/CANADA]
You Fake – “In this hilarious short, two women bet on how many lesbians fake orgasms.” [Maureen Bradley/2003/6 min/CANADA]
Watching Lesbian Porn – “Ginger Discovery and Lucky Chopps give a full-on, over-the-top performance that is charged with campy choreography and cheesy slapstick.” [Dayna McLeod/2001/10 min/CANADA]
Interviews with My Next Girlfriend – “The fight to win the title of next girlfriend is the subject of this hilarious short, starring a cast of Toronto celebrities. Nine women are questioned by an unknown interviewer to see if they measure up.” [Cassandra Nicolaou/2001/13 min/CANADA]
You Don’t Bring Me Flowers – “An amusing and provocative re-imaging of the 70’s hit single, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” where the artist, playing both roles of Streisand and Diamond, lip syncs the duet as a solo.” [Jess Dobkin/2012/6 min/CANADA]
Rubb My Chubb -“Following the Fat Femme Mafia, their fat co-conspirators and allies in the days leading up to their first and highly anticipated event.” [Alexis Mitchell/2007/9min/CANADA]
Stripped – “The personal, untold story of …one of the most revolutionary urban exotic dancers in the Toronto adult entertainment industry.” [Jevon Boreland and Anthony Hunos/2018/10min/CANADA]
Preslee – “Jo seeks consolation at a costume party after coming out as bi-sexual to her family during Elvis karaoke.” [Sabrina Budiman/2017/10 min/CANADA]
Soft Core – “Two bridesmaids form an unlikely connection over their bizarre sexual awakenings.” [Varun Saranga/2017/7 min/CANADA]
9pmFETISHES & FANTASIES (1999-2018) – A collection of sexy and silly short films showcasing 20 years of kink + whimsy. Nothing says 110% queer film and video than honest and explicit sexuality depicted on screen.  So FAIR WARNING this specially-designed shorts programs has been carefully curated for mature queer audiences that will include explicit nudity and sexual activities. Mature audiences 18+

Short Films Line-up:
I MAKE PASSES AT GIRLS WHO WEAR GLASSES – What’s sexier than a dyke caressing the edge of her glass? A bevy of local ladies lining up to take theirs off!
HELIUM – “A dual-projector work that explores the worlds of competitive bodybuilding and balloon fetish. Helium observes inflation, lust, and explosion.”
LICKED – “A go-go-get-it girl looks for love in the fine features of many a plate, only to end up falling face first into her one true dish.”
PUSSY BUFFET – A raunchy bunch of girls and an innovative way to eat a cupcake. Need we say more?
EAT CAKE – “Drizzled in chocolate sauce and jam-filled for eternity, we are brothers of a sweeter tooth.”
UROPOP – The pause that refreshes. Part of the 2006 Hommage à Jean Genet programme, acknowledging the 20th anniversary of Genet’s death.
GALACTIC DOCKING COMPANY – “Using found and original footage shot on Earth and in near Earth orbit, we find that space wants to have an encounter of the most intimate kind.”
ULTIMATE SUB ULTIMATE DOM: Maria Von Trapp & Mary Poppins – “Imagine Maria Von Trapp crawling on her hands and knees across the jagged cold stone floor of the nunnery to the Mother Superior, begging for mercy and looking for a spanking. Now imagine that Mary Poppins is the Mother Superior, wielding a dildo-sheathed umbrella and a ball-gag…”
GROUP OF SEVEN INCHES – “Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, the outrageous alter ego of Cree artist Kent Monkman, forces innocent naked white men to become her figure models, seduces them with whiskey, and when she’s done with them, dresses them up as more “authentic” examples of the “European male.”
LORD COCKWORTHY – “Three Edwardian era men go on a picnic in the English countryside. The delightfully adventurous day has a turning point when they encounter wild lusty nature in the form of a mythological being in the woods.”
RUSALKA – “Imagine Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” and throw in an homage to early gay erotic films, and you get the artful Rusalka, set to the music of Antonín Dvořák’s opera of the same name and starring burlesque icons Luminous Pariah and Chris Harder.”
ZOLUSHKA – “A queer rendering of the classic folktale, inwhich ‘Cinderella’ is a lonely janitor at a gay bar and Prince Charming (adult superstar Colby Keller) is a Tom of Finland fantasy come to life.”
Total Running Length: 68 minutes.
9pmBEERS FOR QUEERS social event *at Monte’s Lounge at the Tir Nan ‘Og after the screenings! 19+

Sunday, Feb. 3

1pmTORREY PINES – “a stop-motion animated feature film and a queer punk coming-of-age tale, taking place in Southern California in the early 1990’s. Kidnapped at the age of 12 and taken on a cross-country adventure that will forever alter the family as they know it.” Filmmaker Clyde Petersen in attendance. [Clyde Petersen/60min/2016/USA/Animated/Coming of Age/Feature Narrative] *at The Isabel
2:30pmHANDS-ON ANIMATION WORKSHOP with CLYDE PETERSEN – “Learn the basics of stop-motion animation in this free hands-on workshop presented in collaboration with Reelout Queer Film Festival and Queen’s University. Seattle-based filmmaker Clyde Petersen will share some of his techniques and processes. Adults and children 6 and up are welcome.” Advance registration is required. *at the Tett Centre.
4pmLOVE, SCOTT – “A beautiful tribute to one man as he considers his place in the world. Scott Jones, a gay musician, is attacked and paralyzed from the waist down; what follows is a brave and fragile journey of healing and the transformation of a young man’s life.” [Laura Marie Wayne/76min/2018/Canada] *at The Screening Room
6:30pmEVERY ACT OF LIFE – “A must-see film for any Broadway lover. This film shocases the life of Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally – 60 years of ground-breaking plays and musicals, the struggle for LGBT rights, addiction and recovery, finding true love, and the relentless pursuit of inspiration. With the voices of Bryan Cranston and Meryl Streep.” [Jeff Kaufman/94min/2018/USA] *at The Screening Room

Monday, Feb. 4

8:15pmYouTube Made Me a Monster: Documentary Double BillBoth films excellently document how internet fame can be utterly destructive to a creator.

Documentary films:
Samantha Hudson (Samantha Hudson, una historia de fe, sexo y electroqueer). Spanish with English subtitles. Ontario Premiere. – “He was a high school icon and now he’s an Instagram icon. Many people admire him, others hate him, but he doesn’t leave anyone indifferent. Neither will this astonishing documentary film where there is a lot of sex, faith and all the electroqueer in the world.” [D. Joan Purcel, Documentary, 60 min, SPAIN, 2018.]

The Quiet Rebel – “For 28 days, she knit with wool that she pulled out of her vagina as a meditation on fertility. A clip of her performance soon went viral with 7.5 million views on YouTube. A hurricane of negative, violent and sexist comments soon followed.” [D. Carole Cassier/Documentary, 49 min, France, 2018. English]

Tuesday, Feb. 5

5:45pmRAFIKI – Initially banned in Kenya for its positive portrayal of queer romance, RAFIKI won a landmark supreme court case chipping away at Kenyan anti-LGBT legislation: “A tender love story between 2 young women in a country that still criminalizes homosexuality… Bursting with the colorful street style & music of Nairobi’s vibrant youth culture.” Film in Swahili & English with English subtitles.
8:15pmSHAKEDOWN – “a series of parties by and for black women… dominated Los Angeles’s underground lesbian strip club scene from the 1990s through the 2000s. This film is equal parts provocative, touching, sexy, and nostalgic for days long gone.” [Leilah Weinraub/ 80min /2018 / USA/Documentary Feature] For Mature Audiences 18+

Wednesday, Feb. 6

5:45pmEVA + CANDELA – “A portrait of two strong, independent women: a female director and the star of her first film, drawn together by a powerful attraction and their shared desire to take on the movie world.” [Ruth Caudeli /90mins /2018/Columbia/Spanish with English Subtitles/Drama]
Note: This film is screening twice, please ensure when buying online you are purchasing tickets for the right date.
8:15pmJUST FRIENDS – “Yad, a handsome Middle Eastern medical student in Amsterdam, quits his hard partying lifestyle to spend the summer in a small Dutch city. A temp job leads to meeting a hunky blonde, Joris. The erotic fireworks between the two are off the charts and their affair is the perfect respite from their respective family problems. But can this be more than just a hot, summer fling?” [Annemarie van de Mond/80min/2018/The Netherlands/Dutch with English Subtitles/Comedy.]

Thursday, Feb. 7

8:15pmSPLINTERS – “Two decades after his inspired feature debut The Hanging Garden won best Canadian Feature at TIFF, Thom Fitzgerald (Cloudburst) again explores interconnections of sexual identity, family, and small-town Nova Scotia life, in this intimate drama about a young woman reassessing her relationship with her mother following the death of her father.” [Thom Fitzgerald/94 min/2018/ Canada/Drama/Narrative Feature] *at The Isabel

Friday, Feb. 8

7pmCOATS OF HER“An interactive dance and film performance from Movement Market Collective” *at the Tett Centre
7pm THEY CAME FROM THE CLOSET – “New and memorable short films on the macabre side of the spectrum.” For Mature Audiences 18+ *at The Screening Room
9pmKILLER UNICORN – Danny is your average Brooklyn party boy. This year, he and his friends couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming “Brooklyn Annual Enema Party”; …a place “where you come to get douched and dance”. While the night starts out fun, it quickly takes a turn for the worst when Danny is attacked by a stranger. In the end, his fabulous drag queen and queer friends are able to save his life, but not without deadly consequences.” [Drew Bolton/73 min/2018/USA/Horror/Comedy/Narrative Feature] For Mature audiences 18+ *at The Screening Room

Saturday, Feb. 9

11:30amEMOTION PICTURES – This event is perfect for audiences who are feeling stressed/bummed out. Films that stimulate feelings of harmony and calm.

Film Screenings + guided relaxation for the spirit:
Forget Me Not – “Two 70-year-old women go to a cemetery to visit their deceased relatives. A series of coincidences will cause their paths to cross.” [Ferran Navarro-Beltrán/7min/2018/Spain.]
Carlito Leaves Forever – “A short poetic film following Carlito, a young man living in an indigenous village at the heart of the Amazonian jungle, who decided to leave and change his life forever.” [Quentin Lazzarotto/7:40min/ Peru.]
You Wash My Skin With Sunshine – “With few childhood memories of her mother’s affection, Mullen mines old home movies for evidence. When she doesn’t find exactly what she’s looking for, she sets out to create a new family movie of her own, starring her surprisingly willing mother. A reflection on memory, loss, reconciliation and love.” [Kathleen Mullen/6min/2005/Canada.]
The Art of the Morning – “A lyrical look at how one person prepares for the day ahead, savouring each moment.” [Nathan Hauch/5:41/2016/Canada.]
2pmGENDER BENDERS: A shorts collection that spans the gender spectrum.

Flash Flood – “Deep within a dream, a cataclysmic flood washes over the planet, and reveals three unique perspectives on gender and identity. The film is animated by volunteer transgender artists and animators from across the globe.”
[Alli MacKay/6min/2017/Canada.]
Sunken Plum – “In Sichuanese with English subtitles. Working at a nightclub in Chengdu, a transgender Chinese woman receives an unexpected visit from her cousin, informing her that the mother she has brushed aside, has died. As the only “son”, she feels obligated to return to her birthplace for the sake of her family, even though she’ll have to hide her true self from those that once shared her past.” [Roberto F. Canuto & Xu Xiaoxi/20 mins CHINA/SPAIN.]
I’m Alex (Soy Alex) – “Documentary portrait of Alex, a YouTuber from Barcelona with more than 30 thousand subscribers who wants to help other trans boys by sharing his experience in the social networks. His activity online discovers a relationship between building his body and developing an online profile.” [Itzuri Sanchez & Joss Manz/ 16min/2018/SPAIN/MEXICO]
Stage Name Victoria – “An intimate look at a drag queen starting his career in the community of Fort William First Nation and his relationship with his mother who has always encouraged him in his life choices.” [Taran Morriseau/3:28min/2018/CANADA]
Dani Boi – “Dani is a non-binary ‘dragtivist’ of Sri Lankan heritage. Living in San Francisco, they began to explore their relationship to sexuality and gender. After a lip-sync battle win, Dani Boi emerged: a drag king challenging oppressive gender norms. Between chaotic onstage performances and their own personal struggles, Dani fights to be a vital voice for a community in need.” [Logan Mucha/5min/2018/AUSTRALIA]
From Mars and Venus – “Gijs is a seventeen year old who joins his father as a boatman on an internship from the Netherlands to Wallonia.  During their trip, the teen feels he can’t share that he is a crossdresser with his father.” [Kevin Kok/25 min/2017/THE NETHERLANDS.]
Cold Star – “Magical things can transpire in the most mundane places, like the local swimming pool.” [Kai Stanicke/7min/2011/GERMANY]
Akin – “Akin powerfully engages in a relationship between an Orthodox Jewish mother and her transgender son as they navigate silent secrets of a shared past.” [Chase Joynt/8:23min/2012/CANADA.]
Total Running Length: 91 minutes
4pmMAN MADE – “takes us into the heart of transgender male (FTM) culture, revealing unexpected truths about gender, masculinity, humanity and love. Four trans men (who like the film’s director were born and raised female), take a variety of life paths toward stepping on stage at Trans FitCon, the only all-transgender bodybuilding competition. It speaks to the ways in which we all choose to define and reshape ourselves, both figuratively and literally.” [T Cooper/93 min/2018 / USA/Documentary Feature]
Note: This film is screening twice, please ensure when buying online you are purchasing tickets for the right date.
7pmHOTTER THAN GRINDR (1990-2016)“A memorable collection of down and dirty short films about guys and sex.” For Mature Audiences 18+

Short Films:
Masturbation: Putting the Fun Into Self-Loving – “Dr. Sigmund Winston, along with the help of his trusty sidekick Billy, teaches the students of the ’50s how to put more excitement into self-loving. Boys from the local YMCA and visual aides give the audience a simple step-by-step approach to masturbation.” [J.T. Tepnapa/8min/2002/USA.]
1000 Cumshots – “A fast-paced meditation on race and gay pornography. YOU do the math.” [Wayne Yung/2003/1min/CANADA.]
I’d Rather Be Looking at Gay Porn – “An anthem for the disenchanted. When the respectable and desirable activities of modern society have turned to rot and stupidity, one voice calls out for a retreat to that which is supposed to be so disreputable.” [Jared Mitchell & R.M Vaughn/3:05min/2010/CANADA]
Spilt Milk – “There’s no use crying over this hot and heavy glimpse into one man’s early morning activities. There’s a lot more cooking in this kitchen than just breakfast.” [Alexander Edwards/ 5:45 min/2009 /AUSTRALIA]
Pine – “An experimental portrait of a queer man’s internalized sexual desire.” [Ali El-Darsa/6:11min/2009/CANADA]
Saturn Devours – “A young man suffers a surreal string of bad luck around the same time an ancient god starts following him around town.An offbeat magical realist comedy about astrology, gay sex, and millennial ennui.” [Johnnie Walker/14min/2016/CANADA]
Peter and the Wolf – “A sexy new retelling of the classic fairy tale juxtaposed with Sergei Prokofiev’s original score.” [Wes Hurley/5min/2013/USA]
In Their Room – “The film ventures into the bedrooms of eight different men where you see them doing everything from the most banal to the most erotic. Complementing the revealing nature of their everyday activities are confessional interviews about fantasies, turn-ons and vulnerabilities.” [Travis Mathews/20:10 min/2009/USA]
Steam Clean – “Two men perform this safe sex public service announcement.” [Richard Fung/1990/3:30min/CANADA]
I Want Your Love – “two best friends playfully negotiate their way toward having sex together for the first time. It’s a familiar scenario that most gay men can relate to, and one not as uncomplicated as these two friends would prefer.” [Travis Mathews/ 13:55min/2010/USA]
7pmCOATS OF HER (encore performance) – An interactive dance and film performance from Movement Market Collective.
11pmA BRIEFS HISTORY OF TIME – A BoylesqueTO sexy and comedic cabaret burlesque performance *at The Mansion. Mature Audiences, 19+ only

Sunday, Feb. 10

12:30pmFAMILY FUN FOR EVERYONE (2000-2018) – “New and memorable short films from Reelout’s 20 years for all-ages.” Children 12 and under FREE.

Please be advised that this screening PRIORITIZES parents/caregivers of children including babies and toddlers and that the volume for these screenings will be reduced, and lighting will be dimmed but not at full darkness.  

Do Wok A Do – “Growing up in a small town, young Joanne must come to terms with the slow disintegration of her family…struggling to understand, she calls upon the spirit of her grandfather to guide her.” [Michelle Wong/14min /2000/Canada.]
Christine – “With the help of her best friend, Christine redefines her perception of strength and what it means to be herself.” [Jessica Adler & Kate Montgomery/10:03min/2016/USA]
Reach the Sky – “On the open road, three queer friends in three queer cars are separated by an unexpected queer fork in the road. Reach the Sky is a stop-motion short with heart, fantasy and a whole lot of yarn.” [Daniel Sterlin-Altman/6min/2018/Canada.]
Beauty – “explores the lives of five gender-creative kids, each uniquely engaged in shaping their own sense of what it means to be fully human. Whether it’s dealing with bullies, explaining themselves to their parents, or navigating the uncharted waters of relationships, Bex, Lili, Fox, Tru and Milo talk about their experiences and struggle to live in authenticity.” [Christina Willings/23min/2018/Canada.]
Heather Has Four Moms – “When Mom Number Four reads Heather’s diary, she discovers 14 year old Heather’s plan to lose her virginity. Mom Four must persuade the other moms that it’s time to talk to Heather about birth control. While the moms come to terms with the fact that Heather is no longer a little girl, Heather comes to realize she still needs her moms. It’s a Mother-Daughter Story times four.” [Jeanette L. Buck/14min/2018/US/UK]
Girl Bunnies: Rocketship – “Two girl bunnies separated by outer space, meet on a block of ice, become romantically smitten and look for a way to cross the galaxy. It is a story of love and transition.” [Francoise Doherty/8min/2016/Canada]
The Queen – “Bobby, a Korean-American teenage outcast, is working at his parents’ dry cleaners on prom weekend. When the prom queen and her boyfriend stop by with their dress and tuxedo, Bobby creates his own night to remember.” [Christina Choe/9min/2009 /USA/English & Korean w/ English Subtitles]
Handsome & Majestic – “follows the story of Milan Halikowski, a teenager from the rural city of Prince George, BC. As a recently transitioned transgender boy, Milan deals with discrimination and abuse from his peers and teachers at school, as he seeks to find other kids like himself. Throughout these hardships, he becomes a role model and an advocate for trans people in his small community and beyond.” [Jeff Lee Petry & Nathan Drillot/11:57min/2016/Canada]
Total Running Length: 96min
2pmREELOUT FOR TEENS (2007-2018) – “New and memorable short films from Reelout’s 20 years for teens/youth.”

High Altitude – “explores what it means the be an Indigenous artist in the modern world. Being a youth in a fast paced digital arts scene, Inglis poetically explores the ideas of decolonization, racism, creativity, and life on lands of broken agreements. Though poetry they explore ways to go back to the land and heal.” [Victoria N. Inglis/3:59/2017/Canada]
Silvia in the Waves/Silvia dans les vagues – “Noa struggles to honour the identity of his recently deceased parent while his mother tries to uphold the appearance of a conventional family. Grief and fantasy entwine to reveal the complex relationship between history and erasure, identity and memory.” [Giovana Olmos/13min/2017/Canada/French w/ English subtitles]
Olivia – “Two girls, four strings and a bathroom are all it takes for a seduction.” [Sarah Louise Wilson/8:40min /2010/USA]
Kali Ma – “When a suburban Indian mother finds out her son is the victim of a vicious bully, she delivers her own brand of vigilante justice. Starring popular Bollywood star Kamini Khanna (Monsoon Wedding), and the follow-up to director Soman Chainani’s acclaimed 2006 short “Davy & Stu”, Kali Ma plunges us into a battle of mythic proportions, where we discover the secrets that divide mothers and sons and the love that binds them together.” [Soman Chainani/15:40min/2007/USA]
Turn It Around – “When 15-year old Bram meets Florian at a house party, he immediately falls for him. There’s only one problem: nobody knows Bram is gay.” [Niels Bourgonje/9:24min/2017/ The Netherlands]
33 Teeth – “Eddie is a hormonal 14-year-old boy with a curiosity for his school, he accidentally spies on his attractive older neighbor, Chad.” [Evan Roberts/7:41 min/2011/USA]
Hello, My Name Is Herman – “poignantly and humorously describes the relationship between a 91-year-old Jewish man, his lesbian granddaughter and her girlfriend. It explores intergenerational and interracial relationships, coming out, aging, and the process of accepting difference and love.” [Karine Silverwoman/9:18min /2007/Canada]
Total Running Length: 67 minutes
4pmRAFIKI (encore screening) – initially banned in Kenya for its positive portrayal of queer romance, RAFIKI won a landmark supreme court case. Film in Swahili & English with English subtitles.
6:30pmTELL IT TO THE BEES – “Love has a way of finding us when we least expect it. This tender period drama, set in small-town, postwar Scotland, depicts the emergence of a love that while rescuing two women from isolation, also places them in danger.” [Annabel Jankel/106min/2018/United Kingdom/Narrative Feature/Drama]

Monday, Feb. 11

5:45pmMAN MADE (encore screening) – “this film takes us into the heart of transgender male (FTM) culture, revealing unexpected truths about gender, masculinity, humanity and love” [T Cooper/93 min/ 2018/USA/Documentary Feature]
8:15pmTUCKED (encore screening) – “When veteran drag queen, Jackie Collins, receives a diagnosis with six weeks to live, all he wants to do is perform his long-running act, and behave as if all is normal. But between a surprising new friendship with a rising young queen and unfinished business with his estranged daughter, he may just have the most eventful month and a half of his life. A feel-good film with charm and humor as well as surprising insight into our evolving understanding of gender identity across generations.” Winner! Outfest 2018 Audience Award and Jury Prize for Best International Film [Jamie Patterson / 120min / 2018/UK /Dramatic Comedy / Narrative Feature]

Tuesday, Feb. 12

5:45pm TELL IT TO THE BEES (encore screening)
8:15pm EVA + CANDELA (encore screening)

Wednesday, Feb. 13

8:15pmLA CARTE DE TENDRE – A collection of French language short films with English subtitles. For Mature Audiences 18+

Short Films:
Different (Je Suis Different.e) – “I came out to my parents months ago. Before talking to them I was hopeful. I was terrified, but I was hopeful. Too much hopeful.” [Ben Lemaire/2:20min/2017/FRANCE]
Marguerite – “An aging woman and her nurse develop a friendship that inspires her to unearth unacknowledged longing and thus help her make peace with her past.” OSCAR NOMINATED for BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT 2019 [Marianne Farley/19min/2017/CANADA]
Trois Mois – “Three Months follows the romance of two young men, Marc and Andreas, which wavers when Marc reveals belatedly that he is HIV positive and undetectable.” [Sasha Alcoloumbre/17:03min/2018/CANADA]
Predrink – “Alexe is a young trans woman, and Carl a gay man. Best friends since forever, an evening spent together destabilizes Alexe, when both decide to have sex together for the first time.” [Marc-Antoine Lemire/23min/2017/CANADA]
Enter – “During a night of drinking, Raphael arrives by chance in an apartment where an orgy takes place. Embarrassed, he locks himself in the bathroom where he will find a sleeping guy he knows pretty well.” [Manuel Billi and Benjamin Bodi/19 min/2018/FRANCE]
Ballet Jazz – “Karine and Karine share one dream: to dance in the musical Cats on Broadway. But on audition day, their road trip from a remote Quebec suburb to New York City goes horribly, hilariously wrong.” [Maxime Robin/16min/2017/CANADA]
Total Running Length: 97 min

Thursday, Feb. 14

5:45pmClosing Gala! World Premiere! STEAM ROOM STORIES: THE MOVIE with THE HANDYMAN

Films:
The Handy Man – “A single gay man (Nicholas Downs) schemes inventive ways to keep his sexy handyman around.” [JC Calciano/2019/USA]
STEAM ROOM STORIES: THE MOVIE – PRESENTED IN CINEMA SCENT – yes that’s right, Scratch and Sniff along with the film! – “Sally and Neil are on a jungle expedition in search of The Fountain of Youth. She purchases a map that reveals the location of the Ancient aquifer to be underneath a gym… and sends Neil to obtain a sample of the water from the steam room.” [J.C. Calciano/95mins/2019/USA]

*at The Screening Room. Hold on to your ticket stub for this film as it gets you free admission to the Closing Gala Party.
8pmKARAOKE FOR YOUR LIFE: Closing Gala & F**k Valentine’s Day: Hosted by Miss Tyffanie Morgan with KJ Garyoke. $5 at the door, free with a Festival Pass. 19+ only. * at Monte’s (Tir Nan ‘Og)

What to do in Kingston This Weekend: Jan. 23-27

Find out what's on this week in Kingston!

The winter winds are upon Kingston, and here at QueensEvents we know all the ins and outs of staying warm this witheringly cold week.  Here are Thor’s picks for what to do this week/weekend!

Wednesday, Jan. 23:

Starting out with the Endgame, Marvel trivia night at Clark Hall Pub this Wednesday night is sure to be a hot topic — and no, I’m not just saying that because my name is Thor. Doors at 7:30pm, 19+, must have Queen’s ID

For those farther from campus, perhaps the Open Mic Night at the Tir nan Og will warm your hearts with their five dollar Keith’s and a chance to win a tattoo if you perform! Starts at 8pm, 19+

Thursday, Jan. 24:

Climb into an adventurous Thursday at Kingston Bouldering Cooperative’s free climbing week! This welcoming, volunteer-run environment is open to beginners or experienced climbers! Open 6pm-10pm.

If you’d rather have the excitement come to you from the comfort of a cozy living room, check out KCAP’s fundraising concert for the Kingston Street Mission at The Mansion, featuring The Goodnight Irenes and MTMBRYOYO. The Mission is a valuable resource open 6 nights a week for Kingston’s homeless and impoverished, and this concert is raising money to pay for needed kitchen renovations. Doors at 8pm, 19+

Friday, Jan. 25:

With your muscles sore from the free bouldering week at the KBC, Friday is the perfect day to treat yourself to a “full”-filling foodie event…

Start the day with our most anticipated event, the NUGGET RITUAL. Yes, you read that right. This week’s ritual theme targets a student’s two favourite things: chicken nuggets and beer. Open noon to 6pm at Clark Hall Pub, 19+, must have Queen’s ID

If this isn’t to your taste, perhaps TRANS Hours potluck might be. Trans people along with cis allies are invited to bring a dish to share to the AKA Autonomous Social Centre on Queen Street. This fun, free social costs nothing but the time it takes to ask your grandma for her famous Mac n Cheese recipe! 6pm-8pm

Saturday, Jan. 26:

Saturdays in the Limestone City can be hard to beat in terms of events! We recommend…

Start your afternoon with local musicians at the cozy hot chocolate charity concert for RAICES, an organization providing free and low cost legal services to underserved immigrant children. Relax in the cozy living room of the Kingston Community House at 99 York Street, just north of Princess. 2pm-5pm for $10/Pay What You Can

Sunday, Jan. 27:

This Sunday, you will be seeing me (Thor from QueensEvents) at the Summer of ’69 singer Bryan Adams’ concert in the Leon’s Centre downtown (some tickets still available)! $89+ starts at 8pm, all ages/19+

If you’re looking for an affordable outing, find adventure at the CRCA Winter Foraging Workshop, where, for only $4, you can become an expert winter survivalist – that, and come home with a take home handmade tea bag! 1pm-2:30pm

Looking for more event ideas?

Check out the QueensEvents.ca calendar on our home page, or follow us on Facebook!

10+ Events We Think You Should Definitely Check Out This Weekend: Jan. 17-20

We promote A LOT of events – 75 every single week in fact. Here’s what caught our attention for this weekend!

Thursday, Jan. 17th

  • 5pm-8pm FREE PIZZA + Film Screening “To Err is Human” + Public Lecture at Queen’s School of Medicine! Open to the public. School of Medicine rm 132A.
  • 5pm Wanna be a Gael? Info session: If you are interested in being a Gael for Artsci Orientation Week 2019 this is the event for you! Humphrey Hall auditorium.
  • 5pm-9pm AEAC Winter Season Launch: Your first chance to see the new exhibitions at the world-renowned art gallery on-campus! FREE Public Reception with light food & drink from 6pm-7:30 pm. Galleries remain open to 9pm. Great date idea! Agnes Etherington Art Centre.
  • 5:30pm-7:30pm “Ignition” Entrepreneurship Week – The Business of Social Impact: Learn about the social entrepreneurship movement and discover what is driving students from all backgrounds to start ventures that generate positive change in the world. This panel will include entrepreneurs with different perspectives on social enterprise, in the for-profit and non-for-profit form, who are using business as a force for social and environmental good. Mitchell Hall, Rose Innovation Hub.
  • 7pm Awesome Kingston Pitch Party @ SanTur Brewery: Someone will win $1,000 to make Kingston more awesome! Who will it be? SanTur Brewery.
  • 7:30pm Cure Cancer Classic: Commerce vs. Engineering Hockey Rivalry: The holidays may be over, but the most wonderful time of the year is just beginning. Tickets are $12 (all proceeds to Canadian Cancer Society). Oh by the way, the game will be BROADCAST ON LIVE TV and BEER IS AVAILABLE for purchase at the arena (for those 19+). Leon’s Centre.
  • 9pm EngWeek BATTLE OF THE BANDS (19+): Wanna see Kanye, Kendrick, and Chance the Rapper? Well, we don’t have that kind of budget… but you can see the best local bands for only 5$! Who needs Taylor Swift or Justice beaver when you can have a pitcher of turbo and a solid night of live music. Clark Hall Pub.

Friday, Jan. 18

Saturday, Jan. 19th

  • 10am HTML & CSS For Beginners: Build a One-Page Website from Scratch: If you are looking to get your feet wet when it comes to programming, then this is the workshop for you. Tett Centre.
  • 12pm-2pm FREE Women’s Self-Defence Seminar: Everyone has their own reason for learning self-defence. Learn from a qualified instructor everything you’ll need to feel safe and in control wherever you go. Queen’s ARC combatives room 2.
  • 12:30pm Queen’s Cardiovascular Conference: Learn from speakers from the cardiology field, a suturing workshop, cadaver workshop, a tour of the anatomy museum and a networking event. School of Medicine.
  • 1pm Let’s Talk About The UN Sustainable Development Goals: Learn more about gender equality, poverty and education. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Guest speakers include: Shane Roberts (Futurist, United Nations Association in Canada), Hilary Clauson (Aga Khan Foundation Canada Development Champion), and Hon. Hugh Segal (political strategist, author, commentator, academic and former senator). BioSci room 1102.
  • 8pm Prison City Rock Invasion (19+): It’s an invasion of the prison city by two rockin’ bands from Ottawa! Iconoclast and Taming Sari roll into Kingston to rock out with local 2-piece Hard Rock band Days of Thieves – $5 at the door. The Mansion.

Sunday, Jan. 20th

  • 2pm Kingston Jazz Society concert: Go deep inside the music of American jazz drummer, percussionist, and composer, Paul Motian, with Kingston’s most inventive and skilled jazz ensemble. Tickets are FREE with student ID, or $20. Chalmers United Church.

P.S. We started with 10… but then took another look at the Calendar & added more!

Outdoor Skating Rinks & Where to Rent Skates in Kingston

Check out this list of Kingston’s best outdoor rinks before you throw on your skates and head outside to enjoy the winter!

Do you love the outdoors? So do we! Skating in Springer Market Square is a classic winter tradition! Did you know that the city has 14 other skating rinks? Four of them are within walking distance of Queen’s campus!

Grab your skates and head outside to enjoy winter!

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Frost Week Events @ Queen’s University

Why not make your 2019 resolution to go to 1 event per week? We can help.

Welcome back, Queen’s! We’re so excited to kick off 2019 with you!

Our goal is to promote all upcoming events across all faculties, all years & all clubs. We want to make it easy for you to discover interesting guest speakers, film screenings, concerts, conferences, fundraisers, dances, cultural activities… and so much more!

Highlights of Week 1 Events

Arts

Swing Dance Lesson – perfect for those who have never swing-danced before, but want to give it a try! No partner or experience is required. Free and open to all Queen’s students! Monday at 7:30pm in JDUC.

“and the journey continues” – monthly open mic poetry reading series. Tuesday at 6:30pm at The Elm Cafe (off-campus).

Sewing Workshop: Reversible Infinity Scarf – This is a beginner friendly project and basic sewing machine knowledge is suggested.  All supplies provided. Cost: $45. Tuesday at 6pm at Open Studios Kingston (off-campus).

Sewing Workshop: Handmade Wardrobe – This is a beginner sewing class, where you can make Pajama Pants/Shorts! Basic sewing machine knowledge required. Tuesday at 6pm at Knit Stitch Sew (off-campus).

Sewing Workshop: Sewing Machine Basics – Learn how to sew a drawstring bag in this 2-hour class! All supplies provided. Cost: $45. Thursday at 6pm at Knit Stitch Sew (off-campus).

Sign-up for Queen’s Dance Club lessons for winter semester!

Queen’s Dance Club winter registration – sign-up for a ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop & other student-run on-campus dance classes in the ARC! Don’t wait – limited spaces available. Wednesday at 11am & Thursday at 11am in ARC.

Hustle Dance Workshop – Hustle is a partner dance much like swing and salsa, but born from disco music in 1970s America. Come solo or as a pair! Tuesday at 8pm in JDUC.

Sign-up to audition for Shakespeare’s Othello by Queen’s Vagabond!

Auditions for Othello – Queen’s Vagabond is seeking actors of all genders, shapes, sizes and backgrounds for its winter production. For the title role, the company is seeking an actor of colour. Wednesday through Saturday at 5pm-8pm, location TBD.

Upholstery 101 – Why not learn how to re-do that chair or footstool yourself? Saturday at 1pm at 106 Pine St. (off-campus).

Inside (the) Agnes – Insider art talks, musical performances and tea in the historic Etherington House – this month featuring celebrated composer and pianist John Burge. Free & open to the public. Sunday at 2pm at Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

Kingston Symphony this Sunday ft. Schumann & Beethoven!

Kingston Symphony: Schumann & Beethoven – Vast, sweeping, significant works dominate this concert lineup. Don’t wait! This show will sell out quickly. Cost: $15-$50. Sunday at 2:30pm at The Isabel.

Academics

Life Lessons from a Nature Photographer – Kyle Blaney will inspire the audience with stories and photos from wilderness adventures across North America. Monday at 7:15pm at Dunning Hall.

“From B to A: How to Improve Your Grades This Year” – free 50-minute workshop to start the year off strong! Wednesday at 1:30pm at Stauffer Library seminar room 121.

Medical School/CARMS Interview Prep Workshop – The Muslim Medical Association of Queen’s will be hosting workshops to help students prepare. Wednesday at 6pm at New Medical Building.

Policy Talks: Kasia Bruski on what Canada can learn from the NHS – free lecture open to all students, staff, faculty and the public. Thursday at 12pm at Robert Sutherland Hall room 202.

Queen’s University Arts Leadership Reception – Meet and chat with art industry professionals and representatives from the Queen’s University Dan School of Drama and Music. Free event. Wednesday at 5pm at The Isabel.

“Reading Faster, Reading Better” workshop – Learn how to approach your course readings strategically and efficiently. Thursday at 1:30pm at Stauffer Library room 121.

“Build your Weekly Schedule” drop-in – Get organized! Peer Learning Assistants can help you plan a weekly schedule this semester. Thursday at 12pm-4pm at Vic Hall lobby.

“Taking Better Notes” workshop – Free 50-minute workshop to help you pay attention to the most important parts of the lecture and your readings, organize your information in an effective way, and revise for exams. Friday at 1:30pm at Stauffer Library room 121.

Observatory Open House – Come and experience the wonders of our Universe from the smallest planets to the largest galaxies! Free event, open to the public. Saturday at 7:30pm at Ellis Hall auditorium.

An opportunity to meet startups & tech clubs at Queen’s – this Sunday!

Queen’s Technology Exhibition – Join QWeb, Merlin Neurotech, QMind, QSort, QBit, Network Security, and QUANTT to get the first look at the future of innovation and technology at Queen’s University! Free food! Sunday at 9:30am-5:30pm in Mitchell Hall.

Wellness

New Year Yoga at the Tett – Infuse the new year with a positive mindset! Join Becca Snowdon for an evening of intention setting and yoga, surrounded by breathtaking winter Lake Ontario views. Cost: $10-$13. Tuesday 6:30pm at Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning.

4-week New Year Yoga Flow with Lily Barr – In this class we will work to gently challenge our bodies with movement and breath. Cost: $60 for 4 weeks. Tuesday at 7:30pm at Painted Lady Fitness (off-campus).

The Art of Yoga – Offering intentionally and compassionately curated yoga, through thoughtful instruction. Take the time to connect with your body, inspire the mind, and nourish the soul. Cost: $17. Wednesday 10am at SimplyWell (off-campus).

Four Directions Beading Circle – Led by Karen Lawford from the Department of Gender Studies at Queen’s. Free & open to all students.
Wednesday 11am at 146 Barrie St.

Four Directions Hand-Drumming Circle – All skill levels welcome! If you are able, please bring your drum. Free & open to all students. Thursday 3:30pm at 146 Barrie St.

Doc Screening: “Redefining Sanity through Struggle” – This doc discusses mental unwellness and the fundamentally social and interconnected nature of people. Thursday 7pm at 80 Queen St. (off-campus).

QUIC Workshop “Learning to Love Winter” – the International Student Advisor will provide Canadian winter climate tips for success, wellness, clothing and more. Newly arrived international students are encouraged to participate. Thursday 3:30pm in Mitchell Hall (2nd floor).

Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market – Kingston’s only year-round farmers’ market — where the farmers you meet grow the food you eat! Hot foods, live music & arts activities weekly. Sunday 10am-2pm at Kingston Memorial Centre (off-campus).

Socials

Harry Potter-themed Dinner (19+) – Cost: $40, which includes 3 courses & 3 drinks. Tuesday 7pm at Tir Nan Og (off-campus).

5 à 7 Franco / French Connection (AA+) – Meet other French speakers meet in a friendly atmosphere. Hosted by Centre Culturel Frontenac. Thursday 5pm-7pm at Tango Nuevo (off-campus).

Unit 115 Art Exhibition Reception – an exhibition in the Kingston Arts Council’s gallery in the Tett Centre, highlighting new works by Kelly Addison Art. Free beverages. Thursday at 6pm at Tett Centre.

Ice Cold Comedy Festival (19+) – Top headliners from all over the world perform over 4 nights! Passes are $20. Wednesday through Saturday, various times, at Don Cherry’s and BLU Martini (off-campus).

Pop Punk Pizza Party (19+) – Black your eyes, grab your Hot Topic band tee and come marching down to Barcadia! Thursday 9pm at Barcadia (off-campus).

Frost Week Ritual (19+) – Clark Hall Pub’s classic Friday afternoon social is back! Open to all students, not just engineers, but must be 19+ and show Queen’s ID (not open to the public). Friday 12pm-6pm at Clark Hall Pub.

SGPS International Grad Student Social – Meet new people and discover the new QUIC space! Free food and karaoke machine. Friday 5:30pm at Mitchell Hall (2nd floor).

SGPS Greetings at the Grizz – Grad Students – play some free pool and meet some new people! All skill levels encouraged. Thursday 7:30pm at The Grizzly Grill (off-campus).

Gaels Basketball vs. Ryerson – Back-to-back Women’s and Men’s home games in the ARC this Friday night! Tickets are FREE with your Queen’s student ID, or $8 online, $10 at the door. Friday 6pm & 8pm at ARC.

Shoot for the Cure – Raising funds and awareness for breast cancer initiatives with the Queen’s Gaels Men’s and Women’s Basketball vs. Toronto Varsity Blues on Saturday night! Saturday 6pm & 8pm at ARC.

Blades of Glory shinny tournament – Raising money for local children with exceptionalities, to help them take weekly cooking classes and learn essential life skills. Saturday 12pm at Victoria Park (off-campus).

Repair Cafe Kingston Toss it? No way! Bring your broken items and we will work with you to fix them on the spot with the help of our fixers. Sunday 2pm at 206 Concession St. (off-campus).

OHL Hockey: North Bay vs. Kingston – Cheer on your Kingston Frontenacs as they take on the best hockey teams in Ontario this season! Cost: $20-$30. Sunday 6pm at Leon’s Centre (off-campus).

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Kingston Radio Stations

This comprehensive list of Kingston radio stations has what’s out there & what to expect/what each sounds like.

One of the first things I noticed after moving to Queen’s in first year, was that I had NO IDEA what local Kingston radio stations offered, nor where to tune my dial.

This comprehensive list of Kingston radio stations has what’s out there & what to expect/what each sounds like.

91.9 FM – The Cave

Community station run by students in the Limestone District School Board. We broadcast throughout the school year and hire student managers and volunteers to continue to serve the community during the summer months.

You’ll Most Likely Hear: Rock, Jazz & Blues, Experimental, Country, Cavetronica, Pop Punk

Studio/Contest Line: 613-544-7864

92.9 FM – CBC Radio 2 – Indie / Adult Alternative / Jazz

Previously concentrating on classical music and jazz, CBC Radio 2 has transitioned towards a new “adult music” format with a variety of genres. Approximately 2.1 million people tune into CBC Radio Two weekly, and it is the second biggest radio service in Canada.

You’ll Most Likely Hear: Canadian Content — Joel Plaskett, Royal Wood, The Trews, Hey Ocean!, Good for Grapes, Whitehorse, Said the Whale, By Divine Right, Hey Rosetta!, Matthew Barber, Young Rival, Basia Bulat, Dan Mangan, Broken Social Scene, Mother Mother, Mounties, Born Ruffians, Arcade Fire, The Darcys, Stars, Sam Roberts Band, Chromeo, The Pack A.D., Serena Ryder, Two Hours Traffic

Station Location: in Kingston we get the “Eastern” broadcast (Ottawa schedule). CBC Music headquarters are in Vancouver, but they broadcast shows from across Canada.

93.5 FM – Country 93.5 “Today’s Best Country”

You’ll Most Likely Hear: The Band Perry, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Autumn Hill, Lee Brice, Thompson Square, Eli Young Band, Jason Aldean, Dean Brody

Studio/Contest Line: 613-544-9350

96.3 FM – FM96 “Classic Rock”

You’ll Most Likely Hear: John Mellencamp, Paul McCartney, The Eagles, The Who, Guns N’ Roses, The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Rush, David Bowie, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Van Halen, 54-40, Pearl Jam, The Beatles, Supertramp, Queen, Big Sugar, Neil Young, Tom Petty, The Doors, The Police

Studio/Contest Line: 613-544-2340

98.3 FM – Fly FM “Today’s Best Music” – Top 40

You’ll Most Likely Hear: Katy Perry, Barenaked Ladies, Lorde, Carrie Underwood, Imagine Dragons, Lady Gaga, Hedley, Shawn Desman.

Studio/Contest Line: 613-650-9800

General Inquiry Email: heydeejay@983FLYFM.com

98.9 FM – The Drive “Essential Alternative”

You’ll Most Likely Hear: Weezer, System of a Down, Coldplay, Hollerado, Linkin Park, Of Monsters and Men, Three Days Grace, Arkells, Vampire Weekend, Green Day, Beastie Boys, USS.

Studio/Contest Line: 613-544-0989

99.5 FM – Première Chaîne – Public News / Talk – French

You’ll Most Likely Hear: News, Public Radio, French Talk

101.9 FM – CFRC – Indie / Alternative

CFRC 101.9 FM is volunteer-powered media that fills the gap left by the mainstream. We offer diverse music and spoken word programming 24/7. We also provide free broadcast skills training and experience to members of the community.

You’ll Most Likely Hear: Canadian Content: Hey Rosetta!, Shad, Young Galaxy, PS I Love You, Mozart’s Sister, The Luyas, Grey Lands… Plus: Spoken Word, and LIVE Broadcasts of events on-campus

Morning Show: Indie Morning Wake-up Call w/ various hosts

Studio/Contest Line: 613-533-CFRC (2372)    Office Line: 613-533-2121 (open 10am to 5pm weekdays)

102.7 FM – KiSS 102.7 “#1 Hit Music Station” – Pop

You’ll Most Likely Hear: Iggy Azalea, Daft Punk, Maroon 5, Jason Derulo, Britney Spears, John Legend, The Weeknd, Imagine Dragons, Classified

Contest Line: 613-549-1027 / 1-800-263-0227    Request Line: 613-507-8568

104.3 FM – Fresh Radio – Pop

You’ll Most Likely Hear: Justin Timberlake, No Doubt, Tegan and Sara, Maroon 5, Smash Mouth, Police, Len, “one hit wonders”, Black Eyed Peas, Madonna, Katy Perry, Chromeo, Train

Studio/Contest Line: 613-544-2340

105.7 FM – K-ROCK “Kingston’s Best Rock”

You’ll Most Likely Hear: Pearl Jam, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, Airbourne, AC/DC, The Reason, Aerosmith, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Mötley Crüe, Black Sabbath, The Tragically Hip, The Glorious Sons, Sam Roberts Band.

Request/Contest Line:  613-545-1057     Office Line: 613-549-1057

107.5 FM – CBC Radio One – Public News / Talk

As Canada’s national public broadcaster, CBC Radio aims to provide a wide range of programming that informs, enlightens and entertains Canadians. Our programming is predominantly and distinctively Canadian, reflects all regions of the country and actively contributes to the exchange of cultural expression.

Call-in Line: 613-549-1027 / 1-800-263-0227

Upcoming Concerts in Kingston, Ontario

Love live music? Then Kingston is the place to be! Discover concerts by artists such as Johnny Reid, High Valley, and more!

Love live music? Then Kingston is the place to be!

Venues open to All Ages

Musiikki Cafe has live music every night of the week, usually from 8pm-11pm.

  • Monday: Jazz Night (7pm-11pm)
  • Tuesday: Open Mic (7pm-11pm)
  • Wednesday: Folk Night (5pm-7pm, 8pm-11pm)

Visit website for full schedule

Venues open to 19+ Only

The Mansion has both all ages AND 19+ only nights, depending on the concert.

Click here to see the 2019 lineup!

Thu. May 16: The Deep Dark Woods (19+) – $13-$15

Wed. May 29: The Rural Alberta Advantage (19+) – SOLD OUT

Sat. June 15: Great Lake Swimmers (19+) – $18-$20

Queen’s Grads Doing Cool Things

Last fall, we interviewed a dozen young Queen’s grads about their careers. Their answers really surprised us. Read about where a Queen’s degree can take you + their advice for current students!

Last fall, we interviewed a dozen young Queen’s grads (Classes of 2012-2016) to get a better idea of what kinds of jobs are out there and where a Queen’s degree can take you. The answers we got back really surprised us! From vet school in the Caribbean to a Lady Gaga concert in Amsterdam, from Texas to Toronto… Keep reading to find out what they had to say + their advice for current students!

Lucas McLaughlin

Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2014

1. Briefly describe your current role. Is this where you thought you would end up?

I am currently a freelance Concert Tour Manager and concert production worker based in Amsterdam. To be honest, this is what I wanted to end up doing but didn’t think it would be possible. My main experience and motivation for working in the music industry came from my job as Entertainment Manager at Clark Hall Pub during my 4th year at Queen’s. With the support of EngSoc as well as past and present Clark managers, the successful and rewarding time I spent at Clark inspired me to try to continue a career in music.

2. What advice would you give your younger self?

Anything is possible, and stick to your gut. Keep your eye on the prize and force yourself to accept setbacks as learning experiences.

Moving to a new country and starting a self-employed career with no experience or training isn’t an easy process, but maintaining sight on the end goal allowed me to persevere and stay motivated even when working crappy jobs to make a living. If you don’t give 100% to follow your dreams, you won’t succeed and will never know what could have been.

Rebecca Finley-Schidlowsky

History & English, Class of 2012

1. Current role + is this where you thought you’d end up?

Growing up, I always imagined myself as a real estate mogul or History Professor. However, after working for a few homebuilders in sales, I realized I wanted to work more so in business strategy… which is how I found myself as a Junior Partner at Finley & Associates. Our firm specializes in Strategic Planning & Board Governance for both for-profit and non-profit organizations as well as several high-net worth family businesses across Canada. I love working with the younger generations of high-net worth families to help engage them by building their leadership and entrepreneurial skills.

I am also a co-founder of Connections: Mentorship Circle, a national group that brings women of all stages of their careers together to empower and support them in a positive environment through discussion, mentorship, and skills-building. One of Connections’ key goals is to get every woman in the group onto a Board. I have been involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program for the past three years as a Big Sister. Outside of work, you can find me training for my next Latin Ballroom competition or traveling the world.

2. What advice would you give your younger self?

Travel as much as you can, especially on your own. You will be surprised at how much you will grow. The hardest time of my life was being 21 years old and undergoing an emergency appendicitis surgery in Osaka, Japan. Getting through that ordeal on my own has given me more confidence than anything else in my life. Also, put your phone away and make real connections with those around you. Your value isn’t equated with how many likes your Instagram pics get but instead by the positive impact you make in other people’s lives. Finally, call your family members more often, they will be gone sooner than you know.

Devan Glover

Psychology, Class of 2015

Devan Glover, Psychology, Class of 20151. Current role + Is this where you thought you’d end up?

When I graduated from university, I knew I wanted to pursue a full-time career as a musician. At the time, I was in a duo ensemble known as Devan & Khalid with my fellow Queen’s classmate, Khalid Yassein. We had been performing together for two years, and both wanted to continue to do so after graduation. Together, we made the plan to pursue our music careers together, and have been doing it ever since!

In 2015, Khal and I joined forces with Ben Labenski (also Queen’s Alum) and Andrew Oliver, to become Wild Rivers. So I guess the answer to your question is, by 4th year, I knew (and hoped) that I would end up doing what I’m doing today, because it’s what I had planned for and always wanted. However, I still have moments where I can’t believe this is actually my life.

Some of my prior expectations are definitely different to the reality of my career (I don’t think you can truly prepare yourself for this type of endeavour!), but I think that is probably the case for most people. I’m really grateful to be able to do what I love.

2. What advice would you give your younger self?

  1. Break out of your comfort zone – I wish I had done this at an earlier age. It took me years and years to push myself to perform in front of people and take music seriously, even though I always knew it was what I wanted to do. This also applies to many other things in life: trying things you’ve never done before, talking risks, meeting new people. Even though this is something I still struggle with, I strive to always push myself to try new things in situations where I may feel uncomfortable, whether it be asking questions, attending social events, or practicing a new skill. When I build up the courage to do so, great things always come out of it, and in turn, I feel more confident moving forward.
  2. If you want something done, do it yourself. – Don’t get the wrong impression – I consider myself to be a self-starter, and a very motivated individual. However, we spend much of our younger lives being handily presented with opportunities for success, and it can be hard to break the unrealistic expectation that these opportunities will continue to come as you grow up. Our first experiences with learning, getting a job, becoming involved in extracurricular activities and volunteering are usually organized through school or our parents. Many of us are lucky in that the steps to success are spelled out for us early in life. This changes when you get to university, and especially after you graduate, and this is something people often don’t realize or anticipate. Adjusting to autonomy can be hard – you have to make your own schedule, and create your own successes. A lot of the time, you have to seek out information that you don’t even KNOW you don’t know, to learn about opportunities that you wouldn’t have otherwise stumbled upon. Post-graduation, many people (including myself) feel lost and discouraged, because for the first time, you are in complete control of your life, which can be daunting.
  3. I have to admit, I’m still not used to “adulting”, but I have a few tips, which have helped me find a sense of direction. I wish my younger self had figured these out earlier:
  • MAKE TO-DO LISTS: This sounds so simple, but writing things down, no matter how big or small a task, and being able to cross them off your list will bring you a sense of accomplishment. Feeling like you’ve achieved something, and haven’t wasted a day is imperative to continued self-motivation.
  • ASK QUESTIONS & TALK TO PEOPLE: This is something people really struggle with post-graduation, because they hold the ideology that seeking advice is a sign of weakness. In fact, it is the exact opposite. Asking for guidance and having conversations with other people about their own experiences can help you shape yours. Often, people are more than happy to help – we are all just trying to figure our lives out. Networking and having conversations with a variety of people in all fields has helped me explore lots of different paths.
  • Take your time and keep it realistic: I have a problem of setting MASSIVE, unattainable goals for myself. It’s great to dream big, but I always need to take a step back and realize that things take time and effort. It can be frustrating when your expectations aren’t met, but I am trying to learn to set realistic micro-goals that feed into my larger aspirations. I also need to learn the virtue of patience…still working on it!

Brian Handkamer

Chemical Engineering, Class of 2012

1. Briefly describe your current role. Is this where you thought you would end up?

Currently I work as a planning engineer for Encana’s Corporate Planning team. The roles and responsibilities of the corporate planning team are diverse and are dependent on the dynamic strategic needs of the executive leadership team.

I work directly with 3 different operating areas that comprise 6 different development plays across Canada and the USA. We require additional input from midstream, marketing, finance, reserves, new ventures, and supply management. I manage an inventory database, which analyses and ranks all plays to provide direction on the prioritization of future capital spend. I also compile and analyze various long-term planning initiatives to help develop and provide risk mitigation for Encana’s strategic vision.

I always knew that I had an interest in business and I saw a lot of value in leveraging the technical problem-solving approach of an engineer within a business setting. I am hoping to pursue an MBA next fall to further develop a fundamental understanding of business and energy finance. Ending up in the energy industry has certainly been a surprise for me.

Prior to Queen’s, I had always been interested in the biomedical side of engineering. In second year, I accepted a summer position as a field engineering student working in Northern B.C. I really enjoyed my time in the field and it sparked an interest. The rest is history!

2. What advice would you give your younger self?

Always keep an open mind! No matter how much you plan, things will change.

The individuals that are more open and accepting to change are often the ones that are most successful.

Work is very different from school. Without the regimented schedule of assignments and exams, you are often responsible for your own deadlines and your own quality standards. Be prepared for this transition and don’t be discouraged if it takes a little time to figure out!

Communication is king! If you are having difficulty with something, seek advice from your support network as early as possible!

Emma Case (Pallen)

Computer Science, Class of 2013

1. Briefly describe your current role. Is this where you thought you would end up?

I currently work at a small company in Austin, Texas called Cycorp. Our company develops Cyc which combines a common sense ontology, knowledge base, powerful inference engine, and natural language to develop knowledge driven applications. I work both as a back-end programmer and ontologist. I honestly thought I would end up in a more standard software role. There was a bit of a running joke that the Cognitive Science majors wouldn’t actually get to work in AI, but I was lucky enough to do just that!

2. What advice would you give your younger self?

Most importantly I would say to not stress out so much – just do your best and that’s good enough. Also, I would say to get involved in extra-curriculars earlier, because I had so much fun doing that and met so many amazing people.

Matthew Muto

Political Studies, Class of 2015

1. Current role + is this where you thought you’d end up?

Currently a music producer/mix engineer/recording engineer on a contract-by-contract basis. My long-term plan when I was entering my first year at Queen’s was finish my undergrad, then apply to a journalism program for grad school.

2. What advice would you give your younger self?

Don’t feel pressured to jump into the next chapter of your life just because it’s what’s expected of you. Make your life decisions based on what you want to do and not what you think social norms dictate or what others might expect. At the same time, don’t forget to keep an open mind when it comes to deciding what career path you might find yourself going down.

Kalla Tonus-Burman

Politics & Global Development Studies, Class of 2013

1. Current role + is this where you thought you’d end up?

I work as an Event Manager at Candice&Alison Events Group, a design, production and management company where I oversee and execute large scale corporate, social and not-for-profit events across North America. A daily role in logistics, creativity and teamwork, I was able to turn my passion of social events, design and charity into a career. Being a Political Science Major and Global Development Minor with the intention of working for the Government, I most definitely did not predict my path at Queen’s would result in Events.

2. What advice would you give your younger self?

I wish I had spent more time learning about career options, what degrees existed and the steps to achieve this prior to beginning my time at Queen’s. Although it may not be the most obvious job, or a specifically offered program it is important to identify your interests and learn more about how that translates to a career so you can take the right steps to get there. Hindsight is always 20/20, and for me, the answer was always right under my nose. Being the President of the Students for Wishes Committee, planning multiple Arts & Science Formals and always finding myself planning both social or volunteer events on campus, I was told and also convinced it was just a side hobby and not an actual job. To my surprise when I did my research, I could be paid to plan parties and love doing it I just wish I knew this sooner!

Sarah Witiuk

Psychology, Class of 2013

1. Briefly describe your current role. Is this where you thought you’d end up?

I am a freelance event planner and promoter. I’ve been a creative professional for 6 years, working as a social media strategist in a variety of start-up settings in Canada and in the Netherlands. Currently, I am working with a team of passionate Queen’s students to manage the QueensEvents.ca initiative – a web-based events calendar that I launched when I was 21. It’s become my passion project, and I really enjoy the 1-on-1 mentoring I get to do, helping the next generation to get the word out about their awesome events. It’s also made me love the city of Kingston in a way that I never thought I would! 

2. What advice would you give your younger self?

University is tough! I was often really hard on myself, and by 4th year, I had lost sight of why I was in university in the first place.

When I was at Queen’s, mental health wasn’t talked about like it is today. If I could go back now, I would tell my younger self that you don’t have to go through this alone. There are amazing resources around Queen’s specifically there to help you make it through your toughest times.

If you’re in a tough place right now, just remember that for every obstacle you’ve faced in your life so far – you have successfully overcome it to get to where you are and who you are now. Stress is going to be a constant in life, so finding healthy ways of dealing with it while in university is important, and that will make you more successful later in life.

Finally, when in doubt – go to an event. It will help you clear your mind, learn something new, and feel more like a human being! Events are life. Everything else is extra.

Claire Brown

Nursing Science, Class of 2012

1. Current role. Is this where you thought you’d end up?

I’m a Registered Nurse, I work in a level two intensive care unit. I don’t think I expected to be working in critical care, but I did think I would be doing bedside nursing for the first several years of my career.

2. What advice would you give your younger self?

Say yes to most (if not all) opportunities you’re offered at the beginning of your career. If your supervisor thinks you can handle some extra responsibility or learning, it’s worth a try, even if you don’t think you’re ready. Also, master the basics that make life more orderly as soon as your can: make your bed, get up on time, have routines.

Lorinda Liske Bruinsma

Liske BruinsmaPsychology, Class of 2014

1. Briefly describe your current role. Is this where you thought you’d end up?

I am a third year student getting my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at St. George’s University in Grenada, a country in the Caribbean. This is absolutely not where I thought I’d end up. I didn’t really have any clue what I wanted after graduating. I took a year off and applied for a masters in social psych. Got accepted a couple universities but it didn’t feel right. Also applied for my DVM and got accepted so I went for that!

2. What advice would you give your younger self?

While I absolutely loved my psychology degree and was very passionate and interested in it, I never truly saw a future in it. I guess advice to my younger self would be to educate myself more in different fields to discover what I COULD see myself doing if it wasn’t psychology.

Mat Kahansky

Biology & Music, Class of 2016

1. Current role + is this where you thought you’d end up?

Booking Manager for Side Door, a music tech startup founded by Dan Mangan and Laura Simpson, putting artists in people’s homes and facilitating intimate concerts and a sustainable touring economy. Hell fucking no this isn’t where I thought I’d end up – I knew I wanted to be involved in music in some way or another, but I thought I’d be keeping it as a passion project rather than developing it into a career.

2. What advice would you give your younger self?

Go with the flow. Every opportunity, every decision, every person you meet or heartbreak you endure, will lead to the next step. They don’t need to be taken quickly or even gracefully, but every step leads to something great. It’s stupid and cliche but it’s all part of the journey.

Jasmine MacKay

Nursing Science, Class of 2013

1. Current role + is this where you thought you’d end up?

Staff RN at Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary on Trauma/Surgical Unit. Acute care of multi-system injured patients. Yes, it’s pretty much exactly what I was looking for as I neared graduation.

2. What advice would you give your younger self?

Oh man…I don’t have anything very profound to say…(Still thinking)…I’ll get back to you…

Michael Nogas

Electrical Engineering, Class of 2016

1. Current role + is this where you thought you’d end up?

Building energy engineer (in-training), working to improve energy efficiency and energy conservation in the multi-residential building sector. It’s not entirely where I thought I would end up. I thought I would be more on the design side of new buildings whereas right now I work with retrofitting older buildings. It’s giving me a much more thorough understanding of what is going on physically in buildings, but I might still want to go into design later in my career.

2. What advice would you give your younger self?

I’d tell my younger self to spend more time on things that I’m interested in and passionate about, rather than worrying about what will advance my career. If you show up to the right job interview and show that you pursued your interests and actually made something happen it is much better than being on some silly club.

Kelly Rajack

Psychology, Class of 2012

1. Briefly describe your current role. Is this where you thought you’d end up?

I am currently an Associate Consultant at a management consulting firm. I work on the executive search team and specialise in recruitment for senior managerial and executive level positions. This is definitely not where I thought I would end up. The big plan was to pursue psychology further and hopefully a career in the mental health field. Needless to say, I realised that it might not be for me while in my 4th year at Queen’s and actually changing my focus from psychology to organisational behaviour and eventually to human resources. I eventually went to George Brown for year and did a post graduate diploma in HR and I’m now pursuing my MBA.

2. What advice would you give your younger self?

I would tell my younger self that there’s no reason to panic… it’s okay and completely natural to find that your interests have changed and it’s never too late to pursue an alternative option.

Don’t be afraid to try new things out, you may find something you’re even more passionate about.

Michele (Mikey) Carlucci

Philosophy, Class of 2014

1. Current role + is this where you thought you’d end up?

Telecommunications Infrastructure. I’m involved in the deployment of fiber optic cables in the GTA. It is not where I thought I’d end up. During my degree at Queen’s, I cultivated my writing and critical analysis skills by taking liberal arts and humanities courses. However, I didn’t develop as many practical skills that would prepare me for the workforce as I had hoped; therefore, I continued my post-secondary education by studying RF Wireless and Computer Networking at George Brown College in Toronto.

2. What advice would you give your younger self?

Learn to cook for yourself and do laundry. That’s what I would tell myself or younger students. For me that was a big factor in why I lagged in my first and second year.

Also, develop good study habits and get into a solid routine. Go to classes fully rested and bug your professors about bad marks. Don’t study in groups unless you’re in sciences, and there are definite falsifiable answers. My school friends didn’t know any more than I did, so working in groups was not the most effective way to study. At least study and learn philosophy.

Favourite Quotes

Keep your eye on the prize and force yourself to accept setbacks as learning experiences.” – Lucas McLaughlin, Class of 2014.

“Go with the flow. Every opportunity, every decision, every person you meet or heartbreak you endure, will lead to the next step.” – Mat Kahansky, Class of 2016.

“Don’t feel pressured to jump into the next chapter of your life just because it’s what’s expected of you.” Matthew Muto, Class of 2015.

“Learn to cook for yourself and do laundry.” – Mikey Carlucci, Class of 2014.

“Call your family members more often.” – Rebecca Finley-Schidlowsky, Class of 2012.

“I would say to not stress out so much – just do your best and that’s good enough.” – Emma Case, Class of 2013.

Final words

  • A HUGE thank you to all of the alumni who answered our call! Thank you for taking the time to share a snapshot of your life now with us. We certainly got a variety of answers!
  • For current students looking for more information about what you can do after Queen’s, we recommend checking out “It All Adds Up” by Queen’s Career Services – you can see more profiles like these, and find resources to help you take the next steps.
  • If you have further questions for these alumni, please email queensevents@live.ca, and we will endeavour to connect you.
  • If you are an alum, and would like to add your thoughts to the list, send us an email queensevents@live.ca with your answers to the questions above alongside your name, program, and graduating year, and we may add a part two post!
  • These interviews provide a snapshot of the lives of young alumni (1-5 years out of school) as captured in November 2017. The format was established by blogktown
  • About the Featured Photo: Lucas McLaughlin (Queen’s Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2014) got to work behind-the-scenes of the Lady Gaga tour in Amsterdam this past January 2018!